A therapeutic boarding school is a live-in school that utilizes the therapeutic community model combining therapy with an educational program uniquely structured for students experiencing emotional and/or behavioral complications, substance abuse complications, and/or learning difficulties.
Similar to residential treatment centers (other than RTCs), therapeutic boarding schools are clinically focused and fundamentally provide behavior treatment and therapy for young adults with severe/serious conditions. Additionally, therapeutic boarding schools focus on academic and emotional recovery involving supervision and structure for intellectual, behavioral, academic, emotional, family, physical and social development. There is a big difference between therapeutic and educational approaches. A student’s enrollment in a therapeutic school is typically for 1 -2 years. Students receive credits or a high school diploma for transfer to another learning institution.